You know that feeling of feeling like you could eat sugar for every meal? I’m normally pretty good about clearing the cravings, but I had smores last weekend and froyo this past weekend, and the sugar levels are at all time high. So, in an effort to stick to the plan, I made a dessert-like brunch, but without the guilt! Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts, it’s just so yum. Plus, it literally has vegetables in it, so if you’re going to pick a dessert, it might as well be that one, right?
You may want to play around with added ingredients, because I see a lot of potential for these! Here’s what I did.
Put 1/4 cup of shredded carrots (or you can probably use whole carrots cut into small pieces) into a food processor and blend until they are very fine, small pieces. You can also puree these completely if you’d like, but I like my carrot cake to have those little chunks of whole carrot in there.
In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp of baking powder, a dash of sea salt, and 1 tsp of ground cinnamon. Mix until combined. In a separate bowl, combine 1 organic egg, 1/2 cup of plain 0% greek yogurt (I use Fage, for everything!), 1 teaspoon of raw honey, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of raisins, and the previously processed carrots. Mix well.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just enough to combine, don’t over mix. Clumps in there are okay, just as long as there are no dry patches of flour.
Preheat waffle maker and let batter sit for 5 minutes. Make waffles according to waffle maker. Can also be used for pancakes!
Other things I might think about adding are nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, caramelized dates, or a clean eating cream cheese frosting.
You know how you see recipes like the one above that wants you to mix the wet ingredients separately, and then combine and blah blah? Well I was a firm believer in not doing that – my motto? I have enough dishes to wash daily, I don’t need a separate bowl. Well, I found a little science experiment article (it’s definitely meant for kiddos, but whatever!) yesterday and it changed my whole perspective on prepping these delightful creatures. Check it out here, it’s honestly very interesting! If you aren’t doing this, it is probably affecting the fluffiness of your brunch… and that is CRAZY!
Brunch is meant to be fluffy… don’t confuse that with “Brunch is meant to make you fluffy!” Eat clean, fluffy waffles DAILY!